There’s a clematis for every season of the year. In spring, you have the mesmerising fragrance of C. montana varieties and C. alpina’s delicate nodding flowers – both of which suit high walls and sturdy fences. Early summer-flowering clematis bring a bold splash of colour to obelisks and arches, followed later in the season by viticella clematis which produce a froth of dainty flowers. There are flowering clematis for winter too and evergreen clematis to give you attractive foliage cover all year round.

You can grow clematis among flowering perennials and shrubs, such as foxgloves, peonies and penstemons, or combine them with other climbers – rambling rosess and scented honeysuckle make perfect planting partners.

Top tips for keeping your clematis happy

1.) Choose the perfect spot – clematis grow well in sun or part-shade but the roots prefer cool, shady position.

2.) Clematis for containers – smaller clematis are ideal for containers. Use a good quality john innes compost, provide canes or an obelisk for support and water regularly.

3.) Right plant, right place – different clematis suit different locations and it mainly depends on the eventual height and spread. Always check the label and plant your clematis where it has plenty of space to grow.

4.) Pruning guide – most clematis are pruned directly after flowering but some clematis need very little pruning. To get the best results, check the plant label. For expert advice on plant care, ask in store.

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